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Redskins place franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

Redskins place franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

For the second straight season, the Redskins placed the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, this time, the exclusive franchise tag a season after placing the non-exclusive franchise tag on the former Michigan State Spartan. 

If Cousins signs the contract offer, he will be guaranteed nearly $24 million for the 2017 season. 

The expected contract maneuver from the Washington front office puts the team and quarterback in a bizarre quandary.

Team and player can negotiate towards a long-term deal until a July 15 deadline, but after that, the franchise tag locks in and there can be no more contract talk until after the 2017 season.

Cousins agent Mike McCartney made the news official on Tuesaday afternoon.

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If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because the exact same thing played out between Cousins and the ‘Skins last year. The two sides could not agree on a deal then, and it would not be a shock if negotiations again stall. 

What leverage, if any, Washington has against Cousins at this point will be interesting to see. As of now, Cousins has the option to make $24 million this season, a 20 percent raise from his near $20 million salary in 2016, with the very real option of unmitigated free agency in 2018.

All along, Cousins has said he views the tag as a sign that the team wants him and has given no indication that he won’t play under the tag. Many other players elsewhere in the NFL have refused to sign the tag and entered into hostile contract talks with their teams. 

The tag could also open the door for trade possibilities, as Cousins and his representatives can talk about contracts with other teams. 

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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